Ready to welcome BYOD in your business? You should be - your employees are already bringing their own devices onto your network, with or without your policy.
Connecting a personal device to a corporate network – referred to as “bring your own device” (or “BYOD”) – has many benefits for employees. Users now have their work email, sales tools, contact lists and all the professional applications they need at their fingertips – it’s like being able to access the office 24/7. They enjoy the convenience and availability of anytime access, the freedom of a single device, plus the flexibility to work from home, from a client location, or on the move.
But it also puts significant pressure on your organization. Enterprise IT departments need to decide how they are going to tackle this trend and the unique challenges and risks it poses.
Employee-owned devices are the weakest link when it comes to security. Most do not have anti-virus protection or an up-to-date firewall, making them prone to attacks and malware. BYOD policies must provide comprehensive security
Data management and security
Enterprise data can be downloaded and stored on personal devices, compromising IT control over critical, confidential information – if the device is lost or stolen, sensitive business data can fall into the wrong hands.
Mixing personal and business data
Access to corporate data must be privilege-based and employees need to be instructed on safe practices for personal use within corporate networks.
If an application can’t be used across devices with a fast and consistent experience, users get frustrated and discard it. Excellent user experience is key to IT maintaining control over the adoption and use of business applications.
When employees use their own smartphones and tablets on the corporate network, it creates unpredictable bandwidth use and increases security risks. Since IT can no longer control all users’ devices, application delivery improvements must now be done in the network — and preferably automatically.
The enterprise network must transform to become more intelligent, intuitive and adaptive; its entire architecture must evolve. A more dynamic architecture enables new application and traffic delivery models, balancing performance with productivity on every device.
- CEOs say: Employees become more available, productive and satisfied, reducing staff turnover.
- CFOs say: BYOD provides a path to funding new initiatives while leveraging existing investments, reducing CAPEX and TCO.
- CIOs say: Service delivery is more agile and innovation pathways open up, reducing hardware and maintenance costs.
- Managers say: BYOD enables access to rich mobile services and apps for higher productivity.
- Employees say: User-centric experience is important for long-lasting adoption, collaboration and ROI.